urgency of doing

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from the exhibit, Phoenix Science Center

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo DaVinci

International Women’s Day has, as the saying goes, been and went. Where was I? Traveling. To Phoenix. And visiting the incredible DaVinci exhibit at the Phoenix Science Center. Where I read and copied his quote, above. Which reminded me of the recent International Women’s Day, how across the globe and across our own nation multiple events were held to celebrate women. In fact, according to the official site, some 256 events were held across the US alone in honor of the day.

Sifting through the 26 pages of listings, I learned that the events covered the spectrum from celebrations of the goddess to farm women, from politics to the very personal, from the disabled to the business-savvy and beyond. They included face-to-face dances, fundraisers, awareness campaigns, on-line forums and meet-ups, flashmobs, workshops and networking events. What all these events had in common was at the heart of DaVinci’s words: “WE MUST DO”. So what I am doing is creating a found poem from the titles of a handful of the events and activities in tribute to the many women worldwide who are striving to make change, to make a difference to local communities, global systems, young girls, the ill and the ordinary.2013 intl womens day


Women’s empowerment, strategies for change —
international women in leadership changing
the landscape to drive business; inspirational
women as change agents, making global progress.
Accessing energy for women’s health and security,
preventing and mitigating conflict. Stopping violence
against women everywhere, ending misogyny;
women at risk celebrating survival, celebrating
love and respect toward women with disabilities, walking
for Afghan women’s lives.

Empowering women changing lives:
honoring women ambassadors,
gender in agriculture, women
putting food on the table,
celebrating goddesses.

Screening and discussing movies,
celebrating speech and women artists
aware of action; reading poetry,
chatting on twitter, a flashmob
for peace – local women making
an international impact, women and the social media
impacting the world.

Women and their spiritual paths
dare to dream, get to know
their mother-daughter herstory.
Self-confidence, pride and beauty
make the avenue work. Leaders.
Clients. Women, the emerging market.



common sense for integrating shadow

Credit: creepypasta

Credit: creepypasta

from Mary Pierce Brosmer, founder of Women Writing for (a) Change(TM). This is part of a draft of the second chapter of her book with the working title Uncommon Sense: Leadership Lessons from the Heartland. The chapters are organized and being written seasonally, with liturgical and poetic overlay. The street paper, Article 25, published the whole chapter to date in its current issue.

Primer:  Common Sense Practices for Integrating Shadow
1.  Deal with your own shadow on a regular basis before attempting this work with those for whom you have responsibility.  I don’t care how busy you are. Stop. Write your personal versions of the prompts you’ll ask your staff to respond to. This writing is to keep you honest and grounded. You don’t share the private writing  with them, but when you  are in group sessions, you must write, and you must share, or it is an abuse of your positional power
2.  Enter this kind of work with the understanding that it’s relational, dynamic, and must never descend to pro forma, rote, or uninspired.  Allow it to be both steady and allow it to evolve or it will become just one more dog and pony show.
3.  Gather your staff or community on a regular basis, NOT just when there is a crisis, or when you have the energy for listening to them, or have just come back from a seminar filled with new ideas you want to suddenly implement. The practices I’m describing leverage the collective intelligence of a group. Continue reading